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14 January 2010

New York Times

MANILA — A nationwide gun ban took effect Sunday in the Philippines to stave off any increase in political violence as elections draw closer, officials said. Elections in the Philippines are almost always bloody, mainly because of the dominance of political dynasties, the presence of nearly 70 private armies and militias and the proliferation of what are called "loose firearms" — mostly unlicensed and unregistered weapons. Though the elections are scheduled for... (

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